#BookClub: Why South Africans are Prisoners of the Past

South African democracy is limited not because its governing elite has changed too much but because it has been unwilling or unable...

President Lungu plays his Trump card in Zambia

Zambia’s presidential election was expected to be a tight two-horse race between President Edgar Lungu and perennial opposition candidate Hakainde Hichilema. But...

#BookClub: Arbitrary States & Museveni’s Uganda – interview and blog!

As part of DiA's popular #BookClub feature, we invited Rebecca Tapscott to discuss her brilliant new book, Arbitrary States, with Gerald Bareebe....

The end of the honeymoon in Tanzania: CCM reverts to type

Given the imperial like constitutional powers endowed to the President of Tanzania, it is easy to assume that one person – the...

Kenya’s ‘Hustler Movement’ Marches On

Kenya’s recently concluded Kiambaa by-election on 15 July was the latest in a series of electoral and legal victories for the so-called...

Amidst the political crisis in eSwatini, women fight for equality

On 12 April 1973 a new baby democracy was stillborn by the banning of political parties and the imposition of the “Tikhundla”...

Democracy Vs Dictatorship: A Catholic Decision in Equatorial Guinea

Equatorial Guinea is a small African state located on the central west coast of the continent where democracy has yet to arrive....

The Death of Idriss Déby and The Prospect of a Domino...

The U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his famous Cold War ‘Domino Theory’ speech during a news conference on 7 April 1954....

Remembering Africa’s Last Philosopher King: Kenneth Kaunda Obituary

DiA's own Professor Nic Cheeseman and Sishuwa Sishuwa have written a political obituary of Zambia's "founding father" and first president Kenneth Kaunda,...

Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s third term controversy, and the 2021 elections

At a time when authoritarian leaders across Africa are looking to scrap the two term limits imposed by their respective constitutions, the...